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Suriname: A Collage of Languages

Located in the north of South America, above Brazil and between Guyana and French Guiana, is the Republic of Suriname. You might assume that if you speak Spanish or Portuguese you would be able to understand and be understood in all of Latin America. However, this small but multilingual country breaks that rule a bit. […]

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Untranslatable Words from French

There are thousands of words and expressions that, for linguistic or cultural reasons, don’t have an exact equivalent in other languages. When translating, we must use our imagination and our linguistic abilities to incorporate them into the target text in the most natural way possible. In an earlier post in our collection of linguistic curiosities, […]

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What is Papiamento?

When you’re on vacation you want everything to be easy and relaxing. And for many, apart from resting and exploring our destination of choice, we would also like to be able to communicate with the locals.   Since English is my native language, and I also speak Spanish quite fluently, traveling through any English-speaking country, […]

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Words Used Worldwide

There are 196 countries in the world and English is the official language in 60 of these. Even in countries where this language is not official, many English words are borrowed and used on a daily basis. Furthermore, many even appear on foreign language dictionaries. For example, if you’re looking to start business in other […]

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6 Translator Resources Provided by Newspapers

Newspapers, magazines and journals are, in and of themselves, very valuable resources for translators, as reading them imbues us with a current and, more often than not, correct use of language. Moreover, the most important newspapers in the world contain additional resources in their online versions that can be incredibly helpful when getting down to […]

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The story behind Haitian Creole

What is Haitian Creole? Before we answer this question, we should clarify what Creole actually is. The term comes from a Portuguese word that means “raised in the home,” and referred to Europeans that were raised in overseas colonies. Later on, it came to describe the languages that arose in the plantations that were worked […]

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